#2 Marcus Stoinis needs to continue his BBL form
While the Australian selectors ignored all-rounder Marcus Stoinis despite his fantastic BBL showing, Delhi Capitals have placed their faith in him. Released by Royal Challengers Bangalore prior to the IPL 2020 auction, Delhi purchased Stoinis for ₹4.8 crore. The all-rounder’s excellent batting form in the BBL will have raised the franchise’s hopes further.
In 17 matches in the BBL for Melbourne Stars, Stoinis smashed 705 runs at an average of 54.23 and a strike rate of 136.62 with one hundred and six fifties, the most by any batsman in a BBL season. During the record-breaking season, Stoinis went past D’Arcy Short’s (637) record.
Earlier, in the same edition, Stoinis also created a new record for the highest individual score in the tournament's history during his unbeaten 147 off 79 balls against Sydney Sixers. The earlier record was in the name of Short, who had scored 122. Despite the Stars going down in the finals, Stoinis walked away with the player of the tournament award.
If you look at his IPL performance last year, Stoinis played 10 matches and notched up 211 runs at a strike rate of 135.25. He played a few nice cameos, but couldn’t contribute much with the ball. Delhi too will expect Stoinis to come up with the big hits. They can also use him as a floater in the batting order.
Further, if the 30-year-old can get his yorkers right, he can be an ever greater asset to Delhi.